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5 Days Healing Spiritual Yoga Holiday in Havana and Viñales, Cuba

Calle Serafines 150, Cerro, La Habana, 10600, Cuba

Art and Yoga Holiday Cuba

Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Cuba.

Join Yalorde Yoga and come to heal in Cuba with four elements that will renew you such as dance, music, yoga, and Cuban culture. During each tour of five days or more, you will participate in a concert of traditional Cuban music and in a session of Afro-Cuban music (sound). The sound is of great importance for spiritual and mental health. Learning to surround your life with healing sounds such as Cuban music is one of the skills that this tour will offer you.

Yes, Americans Can join this tour!

During our tours, you will engage in additional authorized Support for the Cuban People activities. In addition, you stay in rooms in a rented accommodation in a private Cuban residence (casas particulares), you eat in private Cuban restaurants (paladares) and you buy in privately-owned stores (cuentapropista), as stated by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) (§515.574 Support for the Cuban People, Note 2 to paragraph (a)).

You need to carry a full-time schedule itinerary in order to meet the requirement. We include this itinerary for free when you book with us.

Meet the instructors

Ludisis Caridad
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Highlights

  • Old Havana walking tour
  • 2 Cuban salsa dancing lessons
  • Tobacco Interactive workshop in Viñales Valley
  • Hatha yoga classes and Vipassana meditation sessions
  • Transfers to Havana and Viñales Valley in public tourist bus
  • Afro Cuban Culture or Santería Workshops and Visit to real local Yoruba Temple
  • Excursion to a non-touristy neighborhood in Havana with Ludisis Mones
  • Daily healthy tasty breakfasts
  • 4 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: French, Italian, Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 4
Airport transfer included: José Martí International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
12:00
Check-out Time:
15:00

Facilities

  • Steam room
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Concierge desk
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lobby
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio
  • Bicycle rental
  • Board rental
  • Child care
  • Free parking
  • Internet access
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Medical assistance
  • Meeting room
  • Newspapers
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance

Program

Dance is the expression of the soul in movements, dancing gives you joy as well as keeping you active and physically fit. Our Afro-Cuban dance workshops will teach you the dance movements of the Orishas (deities of the Afro-Cuban religion). Each Orisha and therefore their dances represent an element of life: Air, Fire, Earth, and Water. Yoga will play an important role in bringing to your healing the spiritual aspect that will indulge you in self-observation through meditation.

The Cuban Culture will heal you with historical-cultural tours through the main sites of the country. A workshop and a consultation with a priest of the Afro-Cuban Culture will give your life a different nuance, you will be able to know about your ancestors and about this ancient Afro-Cuban tradition. The Cubans believe that venerate and respecting your ancestors keeps your faith alive and shows you the path to follow in difficult situations in your life.

In addition to the therapies, activities, and healing meetings, you will also have excursions in the Viñales Valley, a day trip to the beach, visits, and tours through Havana Vieja as well as an old hardtop tour through modern Havana.

To immerse yourself in the purest Cuba, you will visit the valley of Viñales where the farmer full of patience and pride grows and harvests the best Cuban tobacco in the country, where the farmer will teach you that Cuban tobacco is the result of a long process where nothing is left to chance.

You will feel that you're part of Yalorde Yoga Cuban family in their Casas Particulares (private houses) in Havana and Viñales, where you will stay during the trip. The typical Cuban family atmosphere offered by these lodgings will allow you to delve deeper into the Cuban culture and be a local during these five days.

As a Cuban, Yalorde Yoga feel very proud to accompany you in this experience to "The Most Beautiful Island of the Caribbean Sea", Yalorde Yoga invite you to discover Cuba in an active and healing way through this healing spiritual tour.

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to the spirituality of Cuba

Today you will arrive in Cuba and Ludisis will pick you up at the José Martí International Airport (HAV). You will be transferred to "Casa Particular" (Guest House), the trip is about 35 minutes. Upon arrival, your local hosts will give you a warm welcome and show you your room.

Then, in the afternoon, you will have a welcome ceremony in which you will meet with the other participants and have dinner together in a local palate (privately owned restaurant).

You will visit non-tourist neighborhoods to learn about the lives of the locals, learn about the Cuban currency and the peculiar and lively bustling life of Havana residents.

The Afro-Cuban Religion or Santeria came to the island in the minds of Africans brought to Cuba as slaves. In Cuba, this belief was syncretized and in the present is one of the most popular beliefs in Cuba.

Today, you will visit a temple of local practitioners who will teach you the rituals, ceremonies, and the characteristics of each deity. This workshop is a unique spiritual experience. Today's accommodation is at a private house (pension for one night). No meals included on this day.

Day 2: Healing with nature and yoga

Today in the morning, Yalorde Yoga invite you to a healing session of Hatha yoga and meditation that will transport you to self-observation and prepare for the rest of the day's activities. The local hosts will prepare a delicious breakfast in which you will be served with tropical fruits such as guava or papaya.

Then you'll visit the west of the Cuban provinces, the provinces main attraction is its natural beauty. Today, you will visit the natural cathedral of Cuba, the province of "Pinar del Rio" is not only famous for the Viñales Valley, Unesco's world cultural landscape, but also for cultivating the best tobacco in the world.

You will receive a workshop about the best tobacco in the world and you will get to know the protagonists of Cuban tobacco cultivation. Today, you will have free time to discover this natural treasure. You will be accommodated in a private House (pension, one night in the Viñales).

Transfers from Havana to Viñales round trip is included. Activities included today is guidance and demonstrative tour on Cuban tobacco, meditation session in the middle of the valley, and Afro-Cuban dance therapy. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 3: Healing with dance and nature

The Vinales Natural Park is known for its unique mogotes, limestone mounds, honeycomb-shaped with cavities and with an almost flat top. Here in Viñales, you will learn about the tobacco growing process in Cuba, where farmers transmit their secrets from parents to children. Today, you will have free time to discover this natural treasure. Here you can go hiking in the mountains, climbing or take an optional excursion.

At the end of the day, you will have a session of healing dance and meditation surrounded by the majestic mountains of the Valley of Viñales, you will come to know your inner being and you will be filled with the purity that the valley offers you. Today's accommodation is at Casa Particular (pension, one night in Havana).

Activities up to the individual with extra cost such as horseback riding through the tobacco and coffee plantations, visit caves, prehistoric murals and coffee plantations. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 4: Healing and getting to know the Orishas

Today after having breakfast in Viñales, you will make a trip down to Havana. A spiritual and healing consultation with a priest of the Afro-Cuban culture will be a special moment. It will be an exciting experience that you will love.

You will immerse yourself in the culture and history of the Cuban capital as you will walk through Old Havana in English. Old Havana is one of the fifteen municipalities of the province of Havana. We will enter its historic center, which, together with its Fortification System, was declared a World Heritage Site in 1982 by UNESCO.

The Historical Center of Havana has 3370 buildings, the majority of great environmental and heritage value. Walking through this city of Intramuros you will know its most characteristic symbols such as El Capitolio, El Templete, La Giraldilla, and El Castillo de Los Tres Reyes del Morro.

You will also appreciate the five main squares that define the physiognomy of the old city: Arms, San Francisco de Assis Square, Plaza de la Catedral, Plaza Vieja, and Plaza del Cristo. Tonight you will have the chance to attend a concert of Traditional Cuban music in Havana (ticket not included).

Today's accommodation will be at Casa Particular (pension, one night in Havana) Transfers from Viñales to Havana, the return trip is included. Activities included are walking tour through Old Havana in English, spiritual and healing consultation with a priest of the Afro-Cuban culture and Afro Cuban dance healing session.

Activities that are up to the individual are Museum of the Revolution (5 CUC), National Museum of Fine Arts (5 CUC), and Buena Vista Social Club Show and Dinner (70 CUC). Breakfast is included on this day.

Day 5: Totally renewed spiritually by Cuba

Enjoy a session of hatha yoga and vipassana meditation to start the day. Breakfast and departure at Casa Particular in Havana. To thank and celebrate a new beginning we will have a ceremony with offerings and mantras to the orishas. Transfer to the José Martí International Airport (HAV) in Havana (included). Breakfast is included on this day.

Included excursions

  • Old Havana walking tour with Ludisis Mones
  • Tobacco Interactive Workshop in Viñales Valley
  • Afro Cuban Culture or Santería workshops and a visit to real local Yoruba Temple
  • Excursion to a non-touristy neighborhood in Havana with Ludisis Mones

Instructors

Ludisis Caridad Mones Castellanos

Retreat location

Food

The breakfast includes exotic tropical fruits, omelet, natural juices, fresh bread, homemade jams, Cuban desserts, milk and the best coffee in the world: Cuba's! In Trinidad. The hostesses, Lisandra and Sonia, will cook delicious traditional food from the Santi Spiritus region, without a doubt this will be a great opportunity to enter their kitchen and learn how to prepare some of these delicious dishes. If you prefer vegetarian food, please let Yalorde Yoga team know when you make your reservation and they will provide vegetarian dishes.

Among the dishes that you will enjoy at this retreat are:

  • Vegetarians
  • Fried Rice with Sautéed Vegetables (Arroz Frito Con Verduras Salteadas)
  • Diced fresh Cuban pumpkin with an herb and onion dressing (Calabaza Fresca con un aderezo de hierbas y cebolla)
  • Stuffed tomatoes filled with sautéed vegetables (Tomatoes Rellenos De Verduras Salteadas)
  • Sweet corn fritter (Buñuelos de maíz dulce)
  • Potato cake filled with seasonal vegetables (Pastel de papa Relleno de vegetables)
  • Tamales

Regular food

  • Ropa vieja (Cuban-style shredded beef)
  • Congris
  • Mojo-Marinated Pork Shoulder Roast (Pernil Roast With Mojo)
  • Cuban-Style Chicken Stew (Fricassee de Pollo)
  • Fish with Escabeche Sauce (Pickled Fish)
  • Ajiaco
  • Yucca with Mojo sauce

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Yes, Americans can join this tour legally!

This tour complies with the general license category Support for Cuban People for individuals (515.574). The tour provides the basis and support for your compliance with the law. Special arrangements may be available for travelers who prefer to travel under the People to People category.

The tours are original and tailor-made. A Cuban plan them, and a Cuban run it.

Americans can actually join any of these Cuba tours, as long as they take the steps full fil the requirements for legal travel to Cuba. This involves traveling to Cuba in a way that satisfies conditions for a General License for Cuba. This isn't too difficult, however, an even easier way is to join one of our legal Cuba tours for Americans.

Non-U.S. citizens can also join these tours. They have a full itinerary of cultural and educational activities included and use services that support private locally owned businesses in Cuba. Having a full schedule of tour activities included, as well as most meals, these tours represent an alternative to our Original style Cuba tours which involve only essential inclusions, and mostly free time at each destination in Cuba. The accommodation on these Cuba tours for Americans is also slightly more comfortable with Comfort Guest houses being used in Havana.

  • Reiki session - 30 CUC per hour

What's included

  • Local guide always at your disposal
  • Sound, culture, yoga, and dance healing therapies
  • Hatha yoga and meditation healing sessions
  • Workshop of Afro-Cuban culture or Santeria
  • Guided walking tour of Old Havana
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Airports transfers
  • Excursions in Havana and Viñales
  • Tobacco plantation tour
  • All breakfasts
  • 2 lunches and 2 dinners in Viñales
  • This tour complies with the general license category Support for Cuban People for individuals (515.574). The tour provides the basis and support for your compliance with the law

What's not included

  • Visas and travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Meals not included in the itinerary

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.

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Arrival: Friday August 16, 2019
Departure: Tuesday August 20, 2019

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